In the most recent issue of High Country News Paige Blankenbuehler’s article “The disappearing wetlands in California’s Central Valley: Where water is scarce, waterbirds pay the price” explains the effects of the recent drought in the Central Valley. Her focus is on the effects of drought on wetlands in the Valley and the birds that depend on the wetlands. Sena Christian’s “A dry future weighs heavy on California agriculture: Something’s got to give in Central Valley farming. The only question is what” offers a look at the effects of the water future on farming practices.
What explains California? High Country New. The online presence of this worthy little publication boasts its own “California” topics news page that is worth reading. And while visiting the News let me suggest that you take in how humor explains our regional exploration through the “Rants from the Hill” column by my buddy Michael Branch who muses monthly on life in the high country of western Nevada’s Great Basin Desert that edges on the state of California. Check it out!